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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 2715

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(9.17) —The International Labour Organisation conventions are the ones which will be used in determining the conditions referred to by Senator Chaney, who, quite rightly, expects the Government, the relevant Minister and the bureaucracy to maintain very high standards in administering these new provisions of the Navigation Act in the way that we all intend them to be administered.

Having had the consultations with the various interested parties and the relevant department, there are further safeguards which will assist in the achievement of this high standard, as is the case with the existing seaworthiness provisions of the principal Act-the Navigation Act. Section 377 of the Act provides for a court of survey to determine disputed detention for failure to rectify defects. Section 211 provides for costs against the Minister for improper use. Additionally, there are administrative procedures for a quick review of decisions by departmental officers not connected with the original decision. On top of that, the marine orders, which are, as Senator Chaney says, statutory rules, will be tabled in the Parliament for parliamentary scrutiny and will be subject to parliamentary rejection if that is necessary. I can understand Senator Chaney's concern, in view of the history of this matter and the behaviour of some people and organisations, that the provisions should provide the safeguards that he referred to. I think they do.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.